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Balfolk Dunedin

This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, 24 May but has been postponed. It is now scheduled for Tuesday, 31 May 2022.

A new way of dancing old dances

Celebrated dancer and choreographer Michael Parmenter, currently Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance at University of Otago, will inaugurate his Fellowship project in Dunedin with regular weekly Balfolk classes and a monthly Folk Ball with live music.

Balfolk Dunedin provides an opportunity to rediscover the joy of dancing with others in a fun and supportive community environment. Balfolk is a popular dance movement based on traditional folk dances of Europe. Complex choreographies are simplified to make the dances available to as many people as possible. In contrast to the choreographed performative element with associated with traditional folk-dance groups, Balfolk places the emphasis on the participatory and experiential dimension of dancing together.

In addition to the weekly classes Balfolk Auckland will combine with Toitū Otago Settlers Museum to present the monthly Josephine Min-Bal. With live music from local musicians Catgut and Steel, Parmenter will lead dancers through a series of accessible partner and group dances.

Michael Parmenter has a long history of community and social dance activity. He established Balfolk Auckland in 2019 and in addition to weekly classes in Auckland Parmenter has taught numerous Balfolk workshops and staged a series of enormously successful Folk Balls. He has been a passionate tango dancer for the past 15 years, is currently writing Life Between Us: a manual for partner improvisation in dance and is Director of Tango Insolente.

Date Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Time 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Audience Public,All University
CampusDunedin
DepartmentSchool of Performing Arts
LocationNga Maara Hall, 63 North Rd, North East Valley.
Cost$10 per class
Contact NameMichael Parmenter
Contact Phone+64 21 0505 882
Contact Emailmichael.parmenter@otago.ac.nz

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